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Willow Wood Ashton Under Lyne Lancashire

A purpose built Hospice for the people of Tameside and Glossop

Willow Wood Hospice is an adult Hospice providing specialist palliative care for patients with life limiting illnesses, both cancer and non-cancer diagnosis. We provide care, free of charge, and patients, families and their carers are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Mission:

To continue to provide, free of charge, the highest quality supportive and end of life care to patients with life limiting illnesses, along with love, care and support to the families and carers during illness and continuing after bereavement.

Our Values:

Love and Care for patients, families and carers
Respect for people in life, and at the end of life
Integrity being open and honest
Collaboration by people working together
Development by sharing knowledge and skills, for the benefit of all

20 Years of Care

Willow Wood has been at the forefront of Hospice care for twenty years, and we are looking ahead to the next 20. Find out more about our community, our care and our plans for the future.

Willow Wood has been providing the very highest standards of care to our community since 1999, and we are thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary with the people of Tameside and Glossop.

Our community has always been so very important to us; indeed, it is true to say we wouldn’t be here without their dedication and commitment. From the very first meeting to discuss fundraising on 28 April 1993, a dedicated team of volunteers, including Martin Willescroft, now president of our board of trustees, and Pat Walklate who still volunteers as a receptionist, came together to raise the £2million needed to build Willow Wood.

Of course, there were many other staunch supporters who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, notably the late Peter Wood (who became our volunteer finance director and indefatigable fundraiser), the late Sydney Rogerson, and Don Newton, chairman of the appeal and who later became our first chairman. All were very proud to be present on 3 April 1998 when the keystone was laid.

Building continued, and the first staff moved into Willow Wood in February 1999. Our first day patient was admitted on 5 May and the first inpatient followed in September: Willow Wood was well and truly open.

Back then the first year’s running costs were around £750,000, a far cry from the £2.5million plus it costs us today.However, the continued support of our community ensures not only that we are able to care for our patients and their families, but to develop our services, maintaining our position at the very pinnacle of Hospice care.

At Willow Wood the emphasis is on living life to the fullest, and our Day Services team offer a wide range of therapies, clinics and groups to ensure as many of our community as possible can access our care. Symptom management, physiotherapy, complementary therapies, spa days and carers support and just part of the treatments designed to enhance wellbeing and improve physical function.

Our inpatient ward offers love, dignity and support for our end-of-life patients and their families, while our family support team offer counselling and spiritual support.

We couldn’t do any of this without our community who support us in so many ways.

Our sincere and grateful thanks, whether you are one of our team of around 600 volunteers, whether you’re a member of our lottery or buy from one of our shops, whether you fundraise for us or sponsor someone who does, you help us continue our care. Thank you.

If you would like to help us celebrate, why not have a look at our Twentieth Anniversary Gift List and help us continue to care.


You can win £1000 this Friday, with 39 other prizes up for grabs. Join now!

Lottery Gift Vouchers

You can also purchase a Willow Wood Lottery subscription as a gift, giving a loved one the chance to win a share of the £1,500 weekly draw.

Gifts start from £10, (10 weeks entry into our Lottery draw) and can be tailored to any occasion including: Wedding or Anniversary gifts, a Thank You, Leaving or Graduation gift, Birthdays, and Christmas.

Other ways to help

Many of the 9,000 members frequently taking part rely on the regular visits of our collection team and this is where you could help. If you have a few spare hours free every month, and would like to know more , contact Diane on 0161 330 1133, as she would love to hear from you. Also, if you run a news agents or convenience store, and would like to help sell tickets, contact us!

Want a chance to win £1999 in our 20th Anniversary Summer Super Draw – and there’s a second prize of £199.90 and 38 other prizes of £19.99 – all for a £1 ticket!

It’s certainly worth a go!

You can buy your tickets online now by clicking on the poster below; it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s secure. Alternatively buy your tickets at our reception or in any of our high street shops.
If you think you could sell tickets to colleagues, workmates, friends or family please let us know how many you think you could sell and we can send them out on a sale or return basis. Just email or ring us on 0161 330 1133.

Good Luck!


20th Anniversary Butterfly Memory Release

13th July 2019

A poignant yet uplifting way of remembering a loved one is to release a beautiful living butterfly into the sensory gardens here at Willow Wood.  Following a short blessing by one of the Hospice chaplains, the butterflies awaken in your hands before taking flight to the accompaniment of the Willow Wood Choir singing songs of love and remembrance.

The butterflies selected for this ceremony all live, and lay their eggs, in the UK during the Summer months and so will not upset the ecological balance; rather they enhance the naturally occurring population.  It’s very moving to see colourful butterflies in the weeks and months following the release and to know that they may have descended from those dedicated to the memory of someone very special.

The Butterfly Memory Release is part of our Summer Fete, and you are welcome to attend just for the ceremony or to enjoy a couple of hours browsing the stalls.  There will be a wide range of goods on sale, including handcrafted items, specialist chocolates and cakes, lovely accessories and costume jewellery, toys, plants and much more.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, including Pimms, cream teas, light meals and snacks in our restaurant and a delicious barbeque in the gardens.  Admission to the Summer Fete is £2, although if you have dedicated a butterfly you will receive a complimentary ticket either by email or through the post.

Royal Ascot Ladies Lunch

This exciting event is always a sell-out. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking online.

A wonderful day out in the lovely surroundings of the Best Western Smokies Park, Ashton.

Starting at 12 noon with a Prosecco reception, the day continues with a delicious three course lunch before getting down to the serious business – a flutter on the horses!
Each race is shown live on a huge screen with our very own Willow Wood bookies ready to take your bets.
It’s a very special occasion, and is treated as such by all the ladies who attend, dressing as they do in their very best Ascot-worthy outfits, not forgetting that all important hat.
The Ascot Ladies Lunch is always over subscribed, so book online now to be sure of your place.
Ticket prices have once again been maintained at £39.50, exceptional value for such a fabulous day.

We’ve registered with easyfundraising, a great site where you can raise money for Willow Wood Hospice with your everyday online shopping. We want to raise as much as possible so please sign up and help us at

Source: Willow Wood

Manchester stands together to remember the Arena attack, two years on | I Love Manchester (MCR)

Manchester had endured the terror of the wartime Blitz and the devastation caused by the IRA bombers in 1996. But the city’s darkest hour came two years ago when 22 lives were mercilessly blown away in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.

It was a despicable, murderous act targeting, primarily, young girls whose “crime” had been to enjoy themselves at Ariana Grande’s long-awaited and much anticipated concert, which drew an audience from far and wide.

The second anniversary of this monstrous atrocity, which shocked the world but prompted an astonishing response of love, sympathy and solidarity, is being marked at a special civic memorial service at St Ann’s Church.

Unlike last year, when the first anniversary was marked with a series of high profile events, in consultation with families it was agreed that this year’s anniversary would be more intimate.

Although it was recognised that many more people would have wanted to attend, it was agreed with the families that the service would be a personal and private event for those who lost loved ones, those who were injured and representatives of those who were first to respond.

The whole city, however, will resonate as before to the sound of bells ringing out from buildings across the centre including the town hall, cathedral and St Ann’s Church at the exact moment Salman Abedi’s suicide bomb exploded at 10,31pm two years ago.

When the civic service was announced, Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester city council, spoke for everyone when he said: Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester will never forget the terrible events of 22 May 2017 nor the remarkable display of unity and love which followed.

“Those who were killed and their loved ones, as well as all those left physically or mentally injured, have a place in our hearts not just on the 22 May but every day.”

The memorial service comes just a few days after Lisa Roussos, mother of the attack’s youngest victim, Saffie-Rose, took part in the Great Manchester Run. Mrs Roussos was so badly injured that she was unaware of her eight-year-old daughter’s death until she woke from a coma six weeks after the bombing.

She was joined by 20 friends, family and medical staff who helped her to walk again through the course on Sunday, all to raise money for their charity to support victims of terrorism, 22MCR.

The Arena attack killed not only killed 22 people but also injured more than 800 and prompted at least another 3,000 to seek help and support.

The Great Manchester Run also saw police officer-turned fire fighter Aaron Parmar complete his remarkable challenge of running 22 10k races – each dedicated to raising money in honour of one of the 22 Arena bomb victims.

After every event, Aaron had his finisher’s medal engraved with the name of a victim and gave it to the family as a special keepsake.

The response of people in Manchester and around the world, refusing to Look Back in Anger, saw donations to the We Love MCR Emergency Fund reach a staggering £21.6 million.

When, earlier this year, the fund called for an end to donations, Figen Murray from Stockport, whose son Martyn Hett was killed in the bombing, said: “The generosity of the public in Manchester, the UK and around the world is another testimony that terrorism cannot destroy the human spirit.”

Figen recently took her campaign for “Martyn’s Law” – making the use of metal detectors and bag searches at major public venues a legal obligation – on to ITV’s This Morning. Her petition needs 100,000 signatures in order to secure a Parliamentary debate.

Meanwhile, progress towards creating a permanent memorialfor the victims of the Arena attack has taken a significant step forward.

A search to find designers for the project was launched on 17th May through a tender process inviting suitably qualified design and creative teams to set out their approach. The creative brief requires the memorial to:

  • Recognise those affected an honour those who died
  • Create a place for long-term remembrance for people to pay their respects
  • Celebrate the lives of those killed and happy memories of them
  • Be a place of contemplation
  • Educate and enlighten
  • Be able to meet the needs of individual solitude

The principles emerged following conversations with the bereaved families, people who were injured and the general public.

The location for the memorial will be between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music at the foot of Fennel Street, close to the Arena and within the city’s Mediaeval Quarter, which is undergoing regeneration to create a new park along the River Irwell.

Malcolm Press, chair of the Manchester Memorial Advisory Group, said: “The views of the families who have lost loved ones have been, and will continue to be, right at the heart of our work.

“Getting to this point has involved a careful process which we have sought to make as thorough and inclusive as possible to ensure an appropriate and enduring memorial. This is an important milestone on that journey.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This memorial will be dedicated to those who lost their lives, a place where families can remember their loved ones and others can pay their respects. Manchester will never forget.

“It will also be a memorial to all those affected by the attack and a reminder of the unified community spirit, the triumph of love over hatred, which characterised the city’s response to the terrible events of 22 May 2017.

“We look forward to hearing the ideas of designers and will continue to consult with the bereaved families as plans progress.”

Source: Manchester stands together to remember the Arena attack, two years on | I Love Manchester (MCR)